MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
How to specify simple, reliable and adaptable screw jacks
Screw jacks are often the right approach for precise linear motion and positioning applications; they can even be supplied as a bespoke system complete with their own dedicated control system for particular applications. However, without proper consideration during the specification stage, it’s possible to miss some of the design advantages that the latest technology offers. Ian Carr, Managing Director of Drive Lines, explains the key considerations that should be made when specifying screw jacks.
Sensors and systems for intralogistics
Intralogistics require a variety of different sensors, all optimized to suit the different operating requirements. This article looks at some of the applications in this sector and some products that meet the needs – all of which are available from a single source.
Precise thickness measurement using laser displacement sensors
If measurements from two non-contact laser displacement sensors are evaluated together, the thickness of an object can be determined. However, the accuracy of thickness measurements is determined by a number of important factors and not just linearity, says Chris Jones, Managing Director at Micro-Epsilon UK.
Beyond IoT: pervasive sensing
Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of obsolete components supplier European Automation, discusses pervasive sensing techniques and technologies, and the impact they’re having on manufacturing.
Smart sensors reduce PLC processing overhead and boost uptime
Sick's engineers have been developing new 'intelligent' sensors that undertake some of the processing that would normally take place within the PLC or PAC. This article explains the advantages 'smart sensors' offer machine builders, system integrators and end users.
Advances in industrial and embedded optical communications
Carolyn Mathas of Mouser discusses the latest developments in industrial and embedded optical communications and how these can benefit machine builders, system integrators and end users.
Sensor fusion offers benefits for designers and end users
Morrie Goldman of Mouser Electronics discusses 'sensor fusion' and the benefits this offers for machine builders and product designers.
Inspecting for contaminants: nuts about snack satisfaction
Midnight cereal snacks, energy sports bars and on-the-go breakfast replacements are shaping the snacks market with UK consumption expected to reach £3.8bn this year. Given this increasing demand for healthy convenience, snacks producers are turning to efficiency driven automation and utilising the latest machinery to deliver consumer satisfaction and maintain safe, high-quality snacks. Sarah Ketchin, managing director at Fortress Technology explores the varied challenges of inspecting for contaminants and the options available.